The Phil Phorce

The Phil Phorce is a periodical story in episode form, each episode about the size of a small novella.  I write an episode every three months or so.  The main characters are the Phils (short for Philosophers), listed here.  The stories are meant to be practice for myself; I can write silly things and get critiques on the style and even story structure.  Thus, I would be much obliged if you would comment, even though most of it isn’t great.  Each scene of each episode is linked to on this page for your convenience.

Phil Phorce, Episode One (in order):

Phil Phorce, Episode Two: The Aardvark (in order):

Phil Phorce, Episode Three: The Blanks (in order):

Phil Phorce, Episode Four: The Castle (in order).

Phil Phorce, Episode Five: The Story (in order).

Phil Phorce, Episode Six: Soap Opera (in order):

Phil Phorce, Episode Seven: The Final Quest (in order):

There will be no more Phil Phorce episodes.

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  1. I finished that episode last night. It’s your best one yet, I reckon. I think I may reread number three, though, as I don’t remember very well all that happened in it.

    • LEINAD! You’re not dead! Seana wanted to talk to you about something, I think…

    • I’m very glad you liked it. I enjoyed writing it too, since it had the first final battle I’ve ever written. The ending fight in 3 was a bit anticlimactic, don’t you think?

      • Yes, it was rather anticlimactic, I suppose. Just a few insults and the battle was easily won (or, rather, easily lost though they didn’t know it). The ending of 4 was very well done though.

        I was surprised how smart Quirk was in this episode. I always considered Percival as the superior of the two, but in this episode Percival came across both as a weakling and as rather incapable of tactics. Quirk is still not the nicest character, but he seems very capable.

      • Thank you!

        I hope neither of them came across as out of character. Quirk knew more than anyone else through the entire episode, having examined the Castle’s mind during his… stay.

      • No I wouldn’t have said they were out of character: their characters’ merely developed. And of course, as you say, Quirk had inside information. Quite literally.

      • Their characters developed, even in your opinion? Hurrah, I’ve managed something!

      • Yes, I am looking forward to the day when I can claim to have developed one of my characters. In my current novel (which hasn’t come very far yet) I have started the protagonist off a little bit impulsive and arrogant for that purpose. Hopefully he won’t be stuck that way.

      • Good for you! Just be careful not to change what’s likable about your character.

  2. Yeah, I’ll try not to do a Suzanne Collins in that regard 😉

    • Did she do that? I can’t think what.

      • Well, if I remember rightly Katniss was somewhat more likeable in the Hunger Games than in Mockingjay. The first thing she really does in the series is to volunteer to save her sister from almost certain death, and one of the last things she does is to condemn dozens of children to the same fate her sister would have suffered.

      • We’re supposed to gasp and marvel at the change the horrors of war have wrought upon her. That’s Collins’s point anyway.

  3. You’re missing the link to the last chapter of Episode 4.

  4. Why don’t I have all of these on my Kindle yet? How could I have been so… something that there may not be a word for…?

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